Quiet Time ideas

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Well, at the start of the new year, I decided to switch up a few things with my daily quiet time with God. For the last several weeks now, I’ve been experimenting with a few new ideas, and I’m so excited about some of the fresh ways God is speaking to me. I thought I’d share here some of those, and also ask for your input on what you’re doing in your personal quiet times.

First let me challenge you with some words of Andrew Murray, one of my heroes of the faith. His books really got in my face about this a few years ago, and motivated me to be more devoted with this discipline. He says:

“Is it possible that Christians can say that they cannot afford to spend a quarter or half hour alone with God and His Word?…Dear child of God, let us never say, ‘I have no time for God.’ Let the Holy Spirit teach us that the most important, the most blessed, the most profitable time of the whole day is the time we spend alone with God…As indispensable to me as the bread I eat, and the air I breathe, is communion with God through His Word and prayer. Whatever else is left undone, God has the chief right to my time. Then only will my surrender to God’s Will be full and unreserved.”

One of the biggest changes I’ve made is that I’m using my computer more. I’m doing my Bible reading with the Blue Letter Bible. You guys HAVE to check out this website: http://www.blueletterbible.org. You can read the Bible (in your choice of several different translations) and as you’re reading, you can click on options to read specific words in a Vine’s dictionary, Strong’s concordance, commentaries, and more. The more you play around on this site, the more you’ll love it. They have daily promises, daily devotionals, and several reading plans to choose from. I could go on and on. I’m LOVING this site!

Another great site I’ve discovered is Recover the Gospel at http://www.recoverthegospel.com. The music tab will take you to a page of songs to choose from. Each song is actually a video of the lyrics so you can read along as you listen. I usually start my quiet time with a song or two, to quiet my mind and focus on worship. This site also has something called “sermon jams” which are short video or audio clips of some great sermons. There’s also a video tab which takes you to longer videos of complete sermons, and a reading tab which lets you download sermon transcripts. It’s just a wealth of information!

The last thing I want to mention is my prayer folder. A couple months ago, I was having my quiet time in my dining room and as I was praying for my kids I realized that there was a framed picture of them on the wall in front of me. So I looked at their picture as I prayed for them, and somehow it was easier to pray for them as I was looking into their eyes. I’m a visual person anyway, so that may be why, but I loved doing that so much that I decided to get on my computer and make a folder of pictures of people I want to pray for. I have a bunch of friends and family on facebook, so I went through and copied and pasted pictures of them, then put them all in one folder. Now I can open it, and this slideshow appears where I can look right at them and pray for them. It’s been a great tool to help me be more consistent with intercessory prayer.

These are probably the biggest changes I’ve made, but there are others. And I can tell you, I’m LOVING my time with God. The more time I spend with Him, the more I LONG for MORE time to spend with Him! And I can see more and more clearly how true Andrew Murray’s words are–it is the most important, most blessed, and most profitable time of my whole day!!

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4 Responses to “Quiet Time ideas”

  1. Beth Blom Says:

    Hey Charity,
    A really like fathersloveletter.com. They have devotionals. The wording is beautiful. This is a small quote from one I loved:

    God wants us to bask in His love, marinate in His love, soak in His loving presence, so that His love can touch the deepest need in our hearts. When we become like sponges drenched in the love of God, then when we bump into people, they will get soaked with what we have been soaking in.
    – from “Father’s Love Letter”-an intimate message from God to you.

    Something else that came along really as a fluke (also known as a sweet blessing from the Lord) as I was reading the Bible to my boys I had been laying my hands on their heads and blessing their sweet heads. I was reading in Genesis 49 and Jacob was blessing the heads of Joseph’s two boys and all the other sons of his. I loved how he put his right hand on the heads of the sons and spoke blessing over them. I have start doing this over my 8, 10 and even my 21 year old’s heads. They are still the ones in the house. Christen gets blessing on her head from a far. But now precious to have them still under my roof and I can run my hand over their big mop of hair and “bless that head” They have come to expect it and will say, “Mom, it is time to read the Bible”, these are words that make a mother’s heart leap! It gives me a hands on way of speaking blessing into their lives.

  2. Charity Says:

    Sweet words, Beth! I love that idea of laying your hands on their heads and speaking blessings into their lives. Thanks so much for sharing that! and thanks for sharing the devotional and website….I loved the quote and I’m gonna go check out the website now! 🙂

  3. Becky Hodges Says:

    Charity,

    I have gotten a mp-3 player and have put the bible on it so I can listen to it whenever I have a chance. In the mornings I use it to listen to as I read. I have extended my devotional time to praying with my daughter over the phone every morning. She is ready and waiting for my call. God is so Good !! Instead of me saying to her “pray about it” we are praying together every morning. As you know Jenine has many problems but God is working things out for her thru this prayer time. Her counseler yesterday told me that they are going to begin to reduce her medications for obsessive complusive disorder. God is healing her thru our prayer time !! I stand in total AWE of HIM !!

  4. Charity Says:

    That’s so wonderful, Becky!! So thrilled to hear how God’s working in Jenine’s life! Very cool how He led you to pray with her like that. I love that idea! Thanks for sharing that 🙂

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